The Monarch butterfly is a favorite here at Calico Fields. They are not only beautiful, but the monarch life cycle is fascinating and enjoyable to watch.
The monarch butterfly only has one host plant..... Milkweed. Over the years, milkweed habitat has declined and the monarch butterfly is in trouble. That's where we can all help! If each of us contribute pesticide free habitat that includes milkweed to support the monarch life cycle, and nectar rich plants for the butterflies, together we can all make a difference.
"The most important drivers of recent Monarch population declines are associated with habitat loss. You can help right in your own backyard-save this familiar, iconic butterfly. Bit by bit, planting Milkweed and native nectar plants will help to link nature preserves and neighborhood parks, creating habitat corridors that can help all pollinators."
Professor, Director of The UW Arboretum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Plant milkweed and they will come!
Monarch butterflies enjoying the hydrangea blooms
Calico Fields is a certified
Monarch Waystation #15640